Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Catholic schools aren't Catholic anymore

In the never-ending swamp that is Eastside Catholic, another gay teacher has come out to announce she's "marrying" her partner, which, by the way, is translated for Catholics as "Committing to spend their whole lives committing objectively mortal sins objectively worthy of eternal damnation together."  Because nothing says love like "I really hope to spend my eternal Hell with you, baby." Ain't love grand?

This would be yawn-worthy, except for the jaw-dropping statement by the school principle, Sr. Mary Tracy:
The Seattle NBC station also reported that Gene Colin, the chairman of Eastside Catholic’s board, was involved in Zmuda’s dismissal and has resigned and that Sister Tracy said that Merrow “is ‘welcome’ to continue working on campus.”

“Sister Tracy also told KING 5 the board discussed ways to prevent the current controversy from happening again, indicating the school would seek counsel from the Archdiocese and research other similar circumstances around the nation,” the report added.

According to a student, Sister Tracy said that “I look forward to the day where no individual loses their job because they married a person of the same sex.”

Sister Tracy, according to the school’s website, worked for 15 years at the National Catholic Educational Association in Washington, most recently as the NCEA Director of Advancement Services. 

Now, it's not all that surprising that a nun from Seattle would support gay "marriage;" I mean, Seattle has been the home of pantsuited pro-lesbian nuns for decades now.   The shocking part here isn't even that she actually said so--in the bubble that is Washington State, supporting SSM is like supporting recycling or saving whales.  No, the shocking part (aside from the idea that a nun would worry more about the possibility of teachers losing their jobs than their IMMORTAL SOULS, except that the nuns of Seattle have probably gone On Beyond Jesus a long time ago and think that souls are a quaint medieval notion) is that this teacher worked for 15 years at the National Catholic Education Association.  You know--the group that overseas Catholic education in America, sets policies, promotes educational agendas, and is both politically and spiritually somewhat like the twin sister of the secular National Education Association.  On their website you will see samples of their glossy publications and lots of positive talk about forming the whole person; you will even see discussions of catechesis and religious education.  What you will not see is an honest admission that diocesan Catholic schools are failing, and failing badly, in their primary work of teaching Catholic children about the Catholic faith.

Never mind Church teaching on sexuality--the average Catholic school graduate can't list the Ten Commandments, doesn't know how to pray the Rosary, can't identify the liturgical structure of the Mass, can't tell you the difference between a mortal and venial sin or even list a serious sin other than murder (and even that he or she may not be sure about, depending on his/her personal view of abortion), can't name more than a handful of books of the Bible (let alone be able to identify any Scripture quotes), doesn't know the seven Sacraments or the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit (unless he or she just went on a Confirmation retreat, in which case he or she may be able to rattle off three or four of those), can't define what a Sacrament is, and if asked about the Eucharist, will probably not know the word "transubstantiation" or be able to explain the Church's understanding of the Eucharist without lapsing into unintentional verbal heresy.  But, on the bright side, they care about the environment.  And they think it's mean to say that gay sex is intrinsically evil.

Catholic schools aren't just going to Hell in a handbasket--they've got the kiddies weaving the handbaskets and presenting them at Mass (oh, sorry, at "liturgy").  When a nun who worked for 15 years at the NCEA can't defend Church teaching and is all in starry-eyed favor of the evil of same-sex marriage, it should be quite clear that Catholic schools aren't Catholic anymore, and that actual Catholic parents--those of us who go to Mass on Sundays and still think our faith is important--should have as little to do with them as possible.  At this point, I think even the secular schools would be preferable, because at least at the secular schools your kids will know they are on enemy territory, and will protect themselves accordingly.  It's hard to overestimate the damage done to the souls of children when their Catholic school teachers are counseling them to accept gay marriage or contraception or whatever the trendy mortal sin of the day is, and making them believe that both their parents and the Church will change someday (with a strong implication that the change needed is some kind of maturity instead of modeling the behavior of Judas, which is what the teachers are really doing).

I think it's quickly going to reach the point where Catholic parents will have to decide that if they want their children to go to Heaven someday, the diocesan Catholic school is more of a hindrance to that goal than a help.  At which point the Catholic schools can drop their diocesan connections, go all "Private school in the Catholic tradition..." which is code for "We can charge you a fortune and reject any child who won't look good on our recruiting brochures," and continue their mission of destroying the lingering traces of the Catholic faith of just about any child unfortunate enough to cross their doorways--which last they are already doing, and doing diabolically well.


Supertradmum said...

One thing which upsets me about this discussion is that it is thirty years too late. In most schools, teachers were not practicing their faith, especially with regards to contraception. Some teachers were in irregular marriages. Very few Catholics complained until the ssm issue came up.

Are we hypocrites? I have a Master's Teachers Cert from NAPCIS which I got ten years ago because it was obvious to me by the late 90s that most Catholic schools were not Catholic for many reasons.

The curriculum for most Catholic schools is not Catholic. I can verify this by studies I did in the early 2000s when I was speaking to parents about NAPCIS.

So, it had taken the gay crisis for people to finally realize that most diocesan schools fall short?

Why are there few vocations? Why are fallen away Catholics the largest "religious" group in America? Why are there so many anti-life Catholics? Catholic education outside of those schools which are NAPCIS.

L. said...

This post is consistent with your oft-stated opinions, but one line did surprise me. This one: " least at the secular schools your kids will know they are on enemy territory..."

Really? Everything secular that isn't overtly Catholic is considered "enemy territory?" Is this really how you view the world -- "all that is Catholic" and "enemy territory?" Do you really see no GOOD in the secular world at all?

Red Cardigan said...

Supertradmum, you'll get no argument from me; I've been complaining about so-called "Catholic" schools since my parents pulled me out of the all-girls Holy Names Academy in Seattle and started homeschooling, precisely because the student body of that day was mad that the Church wouldn't come out and bless their condom use (and as I pointed out to some of my classmates, they didn't give a damn that they were already committing the mortal sin of fornication; they just wanted the Church to be cool with condoms so that when they serviced the local boys they at least wouldn't get pregnant; it made no sense to me that they would claim to follow Church teaching on condom use when they weren't following Church teaching on fornication in the first place).

L., not all secular environments are "enemy territory," but the schools really are because of their reductive view of the human person. At public schools, the human person is *officially* seen as a moist meat-suit robot driven by his or her physical desires for food, sex, and money. There's nothing more to it. That any good still happens at public schools is because some teachers are subversive enough to see the human person as having some intrinsic worth--and that view usually comes from the teachers' own religious and/or philosophical viewpoints, which they are not legally allowed, of course, to teach the children.

Pauli said...

Sadly, this describes many parish schools and it is not in any way an "outlier". Our kids go to a serious Catholic school run by serious lay people. So it's not a parish school. To me, that is the only alternative other than homeschooling which is a last resort that doesn't work for everyone. (See A just-war theory of homeschooling)

Our parish school is OK according to many parents to whom I've spoken whom I trust. But we're fortunate to not have to settle for OK. Plus we're adding 2 grades of high-school next year which I am totally excited about.

L is wrong to contest Erin's use of the phrase "enemy territory" on the basis given. Someone doesn't have to be wrong on every tiny thing to be considered the enemy of Truth. Certainly the territory is hostile whether or not all those working there are.

L. said...

I wonder....are there any Catholic parents out there who send their kids to secular schools and don't find them to be places where "the human person is *officially* seen as a moist meat-suit robot driven by his or her physical desires for food, sex, and money?"

Our local public school has no such official definition of the human person -- and no implicit one, either. Children are socialized to be obedient and not bother others, achievement is rewarded, bad behavior is punished, and my son is learning the same values we also embrace at home. In fact, it doesn't seem to differ at all from his former Catholic elementary school, except for its lack of mass/religion classes.

David Sharples said...

Red C., Thank you very much for your blog here. I really enjoyed reading it (and knowing that I not the only one realizes there’s a problem). There are at a minimum four scandals in relation to Catholic High Schools these days:
1. They have become private prep schools for the upper middle class, not catholic in the universal sense and Catholicity is not the focus –it’s getting into not just any college, but a top expensive college. Where I live the cost of attendance ranges between 11k and 16k in the NE.
2. About half of those in attendance are not Catholic, and the rest are mostly cafeteria Catholics. All the families I know of who practice NFP either goes to public school or home school.
3. There is a STRONG Contraceptive Mindset in Catholic HS. It’s true there’s usually no sex education like public schools, but you will not find families with more than 1 or 2 children in Catholic HS. You will find an aversion to children, they’re just too expensive (60K for HS, and 200K for college), and life is just not worth living if you have a boy who chooses to be a carpenter or a girl choosing to be a stay at home mom. In public schools you will still find families with 4 or 5 children, and openness to life.
Bishops need to realize and take steps to insure that all Catholic children of a HS age get an education in the Faith beyond 9th grade confirmation, and create a Catholic culture needed for a new evangelization. Then there will be an embracement of the Church’s Teachings and children. It seems that now the Bishops focus on the Catholic HS, but the contraceptive mentality there is really the problem -not the solution, and holding the local Catholic HS up on a pedestal gives the faithful the impression that to contracept and have 1-2 children is best. It also teaches the kids that go to Catholic HS that hypocrisy is ok. This is the worst scandal - Scandal #4.

My wife and I have four children and we’re running the gauntlet of public schools. It’s not easy, but so far so good.